Ad-hoc committee set up by the House of Representatives to probe the alleged burning and destruction of equipment seized from operators of illegal refineries by the Joint Task Force, JTF, said it will visit AGIP installations in the Niger-Delta for inspection.
In a press briefing yesterday, Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Nasiru Sule Garo, informed House Press Corps that its visit to AGIP installations was to ascertain the integrity of their equipment, as well as ensure that they are comparable to what obtains in other parts of the world.
Garo hinted that the committee had dispatched letters to all relevant stakeholders, soliciting for memoranda and position papers which will assist them in carrying out the assignment.
He stressed that the stakeholders would also be invited to give physical evidence before the committee.
The committee chairman assured that they would carry out the assignment thoroughly in line with the House legislative agenda notwithstanding the enormous responsibility.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that on August 6, the House deliberated on a motion titled: ‘Urgent need to bring an end to the Despoliation of Niger-Delta Environment through the Burning of Equipment Confiscated from Illegal Operators of Refineries’.
The House had mandated the committee to investigate the activities of the Joint Task Force in the Niger-Delta, especially as it relates to the burning and destruction of equipment seized from operators of illegal refineries.
The committee was also tasked to probe the activities of Nigeria Agip Oil Company with a view to ensuring that it carries out improvement of its facilities to forestall such incident in the future.

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